Forthcoming SLSA conference

SLSA bootsThe Southern Labor Studies Association (SLSA) has announced its 2015 conference for March 5-8 and invites academics, activists, students, attorneys, public historians, archivists, and any other people interested in the experiences of working people in the Early American or US South.

The SLSA defines labor and working class studies broadly under the slogan “studying, teaching, and preserving southern labor history.” They welcome historical and contemporary topics, all relevant academic disciplines, non-academic participants, and regional as well as comparative and transnational approaches.

Organizers say “our hope is to assemble a broad and diverse set of participants on a wide range of subjects (from slavery/bound labor to emancipation, race and labor, southern trade unions then and now, civil rights, southern immigration, and much, much more).”

They add, “we invite sessions that put activists and academics in dialogue, sessions that approach topics from multi-disciplinary perspectives, panels that consider one important pre-circulated work in progress, as well as roundtables, teaching workshops, organizing workshops, etc.”

The deadline for proposals is tight – September 1, 2014 – CFP: Southern Labor Studies Association. Proposals should be sent by email to Eric Arnesen at arnesengwu@gmail.com. Conference venues: University of Maryland (College Park) and Washington, D.C.